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Helping You Navigate Divorce

Filing for Divorce in Jacksonville

Contact Owenby Law, P.A. for a Free Consultation

No decision is more stressful or difficult to make than filing for divorce. No one knows this better than Owenby Law, P.A., which is why we strive to provide our clients with the high-quality and caring services they need to get through the divorce process.

Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, we can take care of all the paperwork on your behalf so that you can focus on preparing for the next chapter in your life. We place the utmost concern in our clients' unique and personal concerns, and always fight to protect their interests.

Thousands of Clients Represented – More Than 15 Years of Legal Experience

Jacksonville Divorce AttorneysMaking the decision to end your marriage is never easy. Fortunately, you don’t have to face this difficult time alone. The Jacksonville divorce lawyers at Owenby Law, P.A. have been serving clients throughout the area for more than 15 years. Over the years, we have helped thousands of clients work through complex family law matters – including divorce.

We are compassionate and dedicated to serving our clients' needs.

  • We have helped thousands of families throughout Florida
  • Our team has more 15 years of experience
  • When we take on a new case, we work together as a team
  • We’ll start your case with a FREE, no-risk consultation

We put ourselves in your shoes, which allows us to understand where you are coming from. This can make all the difference in your case. As our client, your case may also benefit from our team-based approach. With thousands of cases behind us, Owenby Law, P.A. has the resources and experience required to prepare you for divorce. When you work with us, you will always be treated as more than just a case number.

We Offer an Experienced, Comprehensive Approach to Your Case

Our lawyers have the breadth of experience needed to foresee and effectively handle the curveballs and challenging matters that often arise in family law. Our comprehensive approach draws from decades of collective experience representing men, women, and families who were all navigating unique legal and personal journeys. We have the ability to handle all matters related to divorce, from child support and concerns of domestic violence to property division and prenuptial agreements.

Our close proximity to military bases in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas of Florida has enabled us to create a successful practice helping members of the armed forces and military spouses navigate the unique legal aspects of military divorce.

With practices in bankruptcy, estate planning, and probate, we also have the insight to address certain financial and familial concerns that may coincide with divorce and family law.

Common Questions About Divorce in Florida

What Steps Are Involved in the Divorce Process?

If you are looking at getting a divorce, the first thing you should do is contact an attorney to find out what your rights are and what you are entitled to.

When pursuing divorce, the first paperwork you will file is called a “petition for dissolution of marriage,” which is served on one of the parties. The party who receives the petition then has 20 days to answer that paperwork; he or she will file responsive pleadings, asking what he or she wants the court for.

There is then 45-60 days of discovery, during which time you and your spouse will be disclosing financial paperwork. Once all the financial paperwork is disclosed, the next step is mediation. If you settle at mediation, there will just be a short final hearing. If you don’t settle at mediation, you will go to trial 2-3 months later.

If custody is at issue, there will be about 3-4 months of a custody evaluation, which we call a “social investigation” in Florida.

How Long Does Divorce Take?

A divorce will take anywhere from 3-6 months as long as everyone is compliant during the discovery process. If child custody is an issue, then you would need to consider another 3-4 months, on average, on top of that timeline.

Is Mediation Required During a Divorce?

In Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. John’s Counties, mediation is required before going to trial.

Can I Change Attorneys in the Middle of My Divorce?

Yes, you can change attorneys in the middle of your divorce case if you’re not happy with your current attorney. However, it will require a court to enter an order that designates a new attorney as your attorney of record.

What If My Spouse Cleaned Out Our Bank Account?

You can ask for the court to order the other spouse who has depleted all the marital assets from the marital account to return those proceeds. Because Florida is an equitable distribution state, you and your spouse are legally entitled to an equal share of your marital property, unless the court determines otherwise.

Can an Out-of-State Divorce Be Enforced in Florida?

Yes. An out-of-state divorce decree can be enforced in Florida and it also can be modified. But in order to receive modifications, you are required to be a Florida resident. Additionally, if children are a part of this modification and enforcement, they need to be Florida residents as well.

Call a Jacksonville Divorce Lawyer for a Free Review: (904) 770-3141

Because no two cases are exactly the same, we are prepared to build and implement a personalized strategy specifically for your divorce. At Owenby Law, P.A., we don’t take a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Instead, when you are being represented by our firm, you can have peace of mind knowing that our firm will protect your rights and interests. Let us take care of the paperwork so you can start moving on with your life.

If you are ready to take the first step, please call Owenby Law, P.A. today. Your initial consultation is FREE and confidential.

The Benefits of Hiring Owenby Law, P.A.

  • Free Initial Consultations
  • Successfully Handled Thousands of Cases
  • Backed by Over 15 Years of Experience
  • Personalized, Results-Oriented Representation
  • A Team of Compassionate Advocates On Your Side
  • Flexible Payment Plans Available